Quick Tips: Keeping Acne Under Control

Overview

To help control acne, wash your skin once or twice a day. If you have mild acne, you can get an acne cream without a prescription. If this treatment hasn't helped after 3 months, see your doctor. You may need different medicines or prescription medicines.

Daily tips for controlling acne

You can help prevent acne from getting worse by using these tips.

  • Wash gently.

    Wash your face once or twice a day with warm water and a mild soap or acne wash. Use gentle, circling motions rather than scrubbing your face.

  • Rinse well.

    Always completely rinse your skin after you wash it, and gently pat it dry. Avoid rubbing your skin.

  • Moisturize as needed.

    If your face feels dry after washing it, use a moisturizing lotion. Look for skin care products that say "noncomedogenic" on the label.

  • Shower after heavy sweating.

    Shower as soon as you can after any activity that causes heavy sweating, especially sports.

  • Hands off.

    Try not to scrub or pick at your pimples. This can make them worse and can cause scars.

Credits

Current as of: November 15, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
Ellen K. Roh MD - Dermatology

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